Nearly 35,000 DuPage County residents have received vaccines, according to IDPH data

DUPAGE COUNTY – Approximately 33,950 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to DuPage County healthcare personnel as of Tuesday, the DuPage County Health Department announced in a Wednesday news release citing vaccination data provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Vaccination efforts in DuPage County remain focused on administering the first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare personnel in Phase 1a, and expanding vaccine capacity throughout the county.

DuPage County all totaled has fully vaccinated 9,314 people, or 1.00% of its population of 928,589. It is the fourth-highest percentage among counties in Illinois of population fully vaccinated.

That said, health officials expect that it will take several weeks before DuPage County is ready to move into Phase 1b of the vaccination process.

“We understand some counties throughout the state are ready to move into Phase 1b. However, here in DuPage County we remain committed to vaccinating the thousands of healthcare personnel who have signed-up to receive vaccine appointments,” said Karen Ayala, Executive Director of DuPage County Health Department. “We ask residents for their patience as we continue to move forward in our vaccination efforts of Phase 1a. As more updates become available, this information will be shared on our website, social media channels, and weekly newsletter.”

DuPage County has received and distributed an average of 11,000 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines per week. Health officials are working closely with partners at all levels, including hospitals, healthcare providers, pharmacies, and community leaders to expand vaccine access and local capacity to administer vaccine in DuPage County. As vaccine supply increases and additional vaccination sites become available, the health department expects the rate of vaccination will increase.

DuPage County Health Department COVID-19 vaccine clinics continue offering about 1,500 appointments per week for unaffiliated healthcare personnel (e.g., dentists, physical therapists, hospice workers, home health care).

Healthcare personnel who schedule an appointment with DCHD will be required to present verification of their healthcare personnel status, i.e., employee ID badge, check stub, state licensure, or certificate at the time of their appointment. If healthcare personnel are affiliated with a health system, they are advised to contact their health system to coordinate vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccination data by county is now available through the IDPH website. Data include the number of doses administered, the vaccination rate per population, and what percent of the population is fully vaccinated. Vaccine distribution figures are reported in real-time, while vaccine administration figures are reported with as much as a 72-hour lag.

Joshua Welge

I am the Sports Editor for Kendall County Newspapers, the Kane County Chronicle and Suburban Life Media, covering primarily sports in Kendall, Kane, DuPage and western Cook counties. I've been covering high school sports for 24 years. I also assist with our news coverage.